Friday, May 25, 2007

I'm Not a Plastic Bag

You may be aware that there are these cloth bags with smug sayings on them like, "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" that have been touted as luxury ethical consuming. But, then they were outed as being made in China not so um ethically:

A campaign group which highlights the exploitation of workers in the fashion industry said making the bag in China dented the bag's ethical claims.

And the fact that the bags have been sent thousands of miles from China raised questions about whether its carbon footprint is threatening to offset its environmental benefits. A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain conceded the bag, billed as 'making a difference to the world', was 'not perfect' while refusing to say in which factory the bag is made.
I'm not okay with making "green" products in China so that the icky chemicals and human rights violations don't exist in the first world. That is not okay.